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Clinton Attacks Single Payer Plan

We examine Hillary Clinton’s misleading claims about the effect a single-payer plan would have on middle-class Americans:

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30 Responses to “Clinton Attacks Single Payer Plan”
  1. Kenneth Pollinger, Ph.D. says:

    Hilary I am ashamed that you really spoke the way you did. NOT TRUE!!
    We NEED a single-payer system, a right for all and cut out the middlemen.
    If Obama would have taken the nuclear option years ago we would have had it! A SQUANDERED presidency!!

  2. Richard Roth says:

    Hillary is out of step with the democratic voters she wants to nominate her??

  3. Alan H. Balkany says:

    Hillary is going against the 81% of Democrats who support single-payer, which is why many of them WILL NOT VOTE FOR HER!

    She has a Republican-like allegiance to insurance-corporation profits and pharmaceutical-corporation profits, and is just itching for a position where she can sell out even more Americans to corporate interests. I find this disgusting.

  4. Janet walsek says:

    Mrs. Clinton,

    I urge you to support single-payer healthcare. I can appreciate that you might feel reluctant to take on healthcare after what an insane right wing Congress put you through in the 90s. And the affordable care act is an improvement over what used to be, but a single-payer healthcare program would so much improve The health and well-being of Americans.

  5. Kimber Beachy says:

    We are tired of lies. Tell the truth!

  6. Carla says:

    Absolutlley, Hilary Clinton needs to get onboard to support single payer health care. It is the very best deal for Americans– and we are so behind the rest of the industrialized world on this issue. Bernie Sanders is completely on track with single payer health care for Americans.

  7. Donna Endicott says:

    It is common sense to institute single payer before the medical system we have today goes broke. Our system is not sustainable with government paying for the old folks and the poor while Blue Cross, etc. skims off the low risk population. Treatment arms with research based best practice takes to long to spread from facility to facility because of gatekeepers and bean counters. We do not have a decent preventative practice in this country. Prescription drugs are more expensive with dubious quality controls than any other industrialized country. American citizens should not be uninsured or die because of delay in treatment.

    • Donna Endicott says:

      In addition, Hillary is not attacking single payer. She is trying to stay afloat in our sea of moneyed politics. It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out it will take more taxes to pay for replacement of insurance premiums but at least it won’t go for million dollar salaries.

  8. MONTI MARKEL says:

    SINGLE PAYER IS THE RIGHT CHOICE. MEDICARE IS ALREADY IN PLACE – JUST EXPAND IT. ITS AN EASY FIX. HEALTHCARE TIED TO EMPLOYMENT IS A DOUBLE-WHAMMY WITH ALL THE RECENT JOB LOSS. LETS BREAK FREE OF GREEDY INSURANCE COMPANIES

  9. aSmartMonkey says:

    Until healthcare becomes a right and as long as it is privatized there will always be the uninsured and under-insured. Hillary’s arguments against medicare for all betrays her unrelenting neoliberal views. If she wins the nomination i will be voting for Dr. Jill Stein.

  10. Alice Patricia Gustavson says:

    Single Payer Healthcare is the way to proceed. Many were in favorite of it before Obama care. In order to get some health care for citizens, this was “watered down” due to pressure from insurance companies, pharmaceuticals etc. It will still be difficult unless we have a different congress working for citizens!

  11. Joe green says:

    Knew you were a tool of Wall St. 2.8 million
    Now we know you are a tool of healthcare Insurace companies. 2.6 million
    You’re soiled goods !

  12. Marina says:

    Everyone in U.S. should enjoy the same healthcare system – as members of Senate and Congress are enjoing…

  13. Bill Michtom says:

    The US pays about twice as much as all other industrialized countries for health care with poorer outcomes.

    That means we spend about $1.5 TRILLION per year more than we have to. Yes … that’s TRILLION!

  14. Bob Brister says:

    This supporter of single-payer health insurance will never vote for Hillary. She killed single-payer in the 1990s and supported Obama killing single payer.

  15. Bob Brister says:

    Sorry to have to say it, but shame on Bernie for pledging to support the Democratic presidential nominee even if it is Hillary. No surprise that the Democratic Party leadership takes for granted and ignores its left flank. “The Republican Party leadership fears their base. The Democratic Party leadership despises their base.”

  16. Patti Batchelder says:

    The 3 really expensive diseases in the US are heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension leading to strokes. The rates of all three can be greatly reduced by good preventive care, but people without adequate insurance go to doctors only after they get sick.
    Research shows that an ongoing supportive relationship with a trusted person like a family doctor is the most effective means of helping people make the lifestyle changes needed to reduce the risk of these 3 illnesses. This cannot be done in a 5-minute office visit, yet commercial insurers expect doctors to see 10 – 20 patients per hour and reimburse accordingly.

    Medicare is not a profit-seeking organization and does not make it difficult to get needed care as commercial insurers do. Medicare has no referrals; only 2 items require prior authorizations (motorized wheelchairs being one); and Medicare does not require doctors to prior-authorize CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, several kinds of cardiac tests, sleep studies, and an ever-increasing list of prescription drugs. Doctors and their staffs work many hours of unpaid overtime to deal with this. And patients have to wait longer for tests and prescriptions when it takes a week or more for approval. Each day that an insurer can keep its money invested is one more day of profits for them.

  17. Louis Fox says:

    Tske out the for-profit insurance companies.

  18. Benita J. Campbell says:

    A Hillary-hater, I am not. And judging her on her husband’s Wall Street positions is not fair either. However, this latest attack by Hillary on Medicare for All demonstrates her marriage is quite healthy. Not her marriage to Bill, but to Wall Street. And then evoking Barack’s legacy like a shield is just downright infuriating. Although the ACA was a good first step, it isn’t universal healthcare, an important vision of Dems who made me proud to be called a Dem in years past. I’m now registered Independent and have been since 2012. I’ll register as a Dem by March 28 just so that I can vote for Bernie on April 26 in PA. Then I will switch back on April 27. Otherwise, not voting in the spring is a relief because although Repubs have lost their mind, Dems have lost their spine and have become the domesticated kittens of Wall Street. What’s the point? I force myself to vote in the general by leaving many seats un-chosen.

  19. mary says:

    The Affordable Care Act was a good first step. However, it does little to address the issue of the “price” of healthcare charged by providers. The price of services varies all over the board. The Medicare system provides uniformity and helps keep spiraling costs in check (for Medicare recipients).

    It’s time this system was provided to all Americans.

  20. Gail Tharpe-Lucero says:

    As a medical care provider I have worked in the health care field for 27 years. During that time I have been involved in the care of indigenous peoples, those experiencing homelessness and in the universal health care system in New Zealand (a single payer health care system).

    Americans have long been hostage to the self serving insurance & pharmaceutical industries. Health care decisions should be made by medical providers & the patients they serve not self serving profiteers.

    A single payer plan is cost effective and less complicated than the current Affordable Care System.
    I applaud president Obama’s attempt to increase access to care and decrease financial discrimination in our health care system. However, this legislation has made healthcare more complicated to access in many ways. I will mention a couple a these pitfalls.

    1. Having it strictly state based makes it difficult for individuals & families to having access to primary care facilities if their are moving from state to state in order to procure work. This decreases access to ongoing care for these individuals & families.

    State base coverage only covers emergency care outside the State of your coverage.

    A single payer plan could ensure that families that are mobile for work or to meet other needs, would not have to resort to emergency care or miss out on care due to the complexities of changing a families coverage State with each move.

    2. It can be difficult if not impossible for an family to procure a cost effective plan that allows them to keep their previous primary care provider. A single payer plan could eliminate this concern.

    A single payer plan can be designed to increase access to care and decrease the cost of healthcare across the board.

    It is my hope that all of our politicians regardless of their political affiliation will take time to look at the benefits that will be provided by development of a single payer healthcare system that will put the needs of the Americans above those of the current profiteers in this system.

  21. Ann Troy, MD says:

    Hillary knows that single payer is the way to go! In 1994 she said, and this is a verbatim quote, “If Congress doesn’t pass meaningful healthcare reform, there will be a grassroots movement for a single payer system unlike anything you have ever seen!” Well, Hillary, it’s coming! We need to catch up with the rest of the developed world and get the insurance industry out of health care!

  22. Sally Broste says:

    Hillary,

    I urge you to support Single-payer Health Care. It needs to be modeled after Medicare and VA care. Colorado will have a similar initiative on the November 2016 ballot. We need support from all Democrats and Independents plus Republicans to pass this legislation.
    Insurance companies are there to make money. They are too involved in the ACA. Please reconsider your stand on this issue.

  23. Judy Schwartz says:

    Let’s be honest. Ever since I was a kid in grade school, Doctors, Pharmaceuticals, & Health Corporations have been fighting tooth and nail to prevent Universal Health Care or what is being referred to as Single Payer Health Care. Of course they don’t want it, a universal single payer system will cut into their Profits! And Profit is what it’s
    all about! Americans have the Right to Health Care. Health Care is not for the privileged few. Every civilized country
    universal health care in the form of a single payer system. Why not the United States!!!
    Bernie Sanders is correct, We need Single Payer Health Care, now!!!!

  24. Betsy Ducote, RN says:

    I believe we should have Single Payer Healthcare. In general it is going to cost less. Mainly, it should be our right to have equal access to healthcare regardless of financial status. Healthcare should not be controlled by for profit Insurance companies. Today we have many non-medical persons making profit based decisions on treatment of patients regardless of physician opinions of what is best for the patient. This is in effect practicing medicine without license. Healthcare should have nothing to do with your Job, and changing or losing your job should have no effect on your access to care. Bernie Sanders is thus far the only one with the courage to stand up and advocate fo this. I will be voting for him.

  25. Katheri.e Muhm says:

    Single payer health care plan is the most important issue to me.

  26. Lizzie says:

    You can’t make someone grow a conscience or good character. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Hillary begins to whistle a different tune but that’s ONLY because she wants to win. I haven’t signed the petition but that’s because I really don’t believe that coercing Hillary to ‘change her mind’ will change her character or her values. Hillary is a politician for the corps, not the people. I’m not going to ask her to do something that I know she won’t do.

  27. Dorene Robinson says:

    Even if HRC did change her espoused stance, it would only be to get elected. Most Americans (whether they tend to vote for Democrats or not) are not aware that the leadership of the Democratic Party was taken over by a business-friendly think-tank group–the Democratic Leadership Council [DLC]–which Bill Clinton was the 4th chair of (before elected President himself). The DLC technically dissolved in 2011, but the Progressive Policy Institute and New Democrat Coalition [NDC] (about 60% congressional Democrats) continue to carry the torch for the business-friendly policies that brought us ACA, NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP, and the Iraq War. The DLC supported expanded health insurance via tax credits for the uninsured and opposed plans for single-payer universal health care… and that’s what we got. Additionally, Hillary has received ~$2.5-million in speaking fees from the health insurance and medical device industries over the past 3 years (and they expect a return on that investment). The bottom line is if you support single-payer/Medicare-for-All the only path there will be through Bernie Sander’s leadership as President.

  28. Magars says:

    I’m not surprised! Mrs. Clinton has to say that because the Insurance Companies and pharmaceutical companies(all thiefs) have her in their packet. She is a corrupted politician,greedy an immoral She alway was and she always will be. Only a shamelessness person lies to the public and talking about the middle class people that she contributed to harm. She lies to protect his corrupted life.

  29. Janet Ammons says:

    Upon reviewing the Everybody In! Newsletter, I researched 5 Representatives who were listed as supporters of HR676. Their names are familiar ones. All 5 of them have endorsed Hillary Clinton. Obviously Single-payer is not the priority it should be.